EVENT: 36th Annual Battery Dance Festival (7.13-7.18) (8.10.17)

EVENT: 36th Annual Battery Dance Festival (7.13-7.18) (8.10.17)

From 2016's event

From 2016's event

New York City is home to some of the greatest arts festivals in the world. Below Canal street you can find theater, musical and dance-based events all year long. One of our favorites is New York City’s longest-running free public dance festival, the 36th Annual Battery Dance Festival. Established by Battery Dance in 1982 as the Downtown Dance Festival (in association with the Battery Park City Authority), the festival provides both locals and tourists with the chance to check out original works of art from incredible dancers and choreographers.

 

Performances are every night from August 13th through the 18th, 7PM-9PM at Robert F. Wagner Jr. Park in Battery Park City.

 

We spoke to Jonathan Hollander, Artistic director, about the festival to get the low down...

Tell us about the festival!

Battery Dance Festival is New York City’s longest-running public dance festival, and is Battery Dance’s gift to its home community.  The Festival offers a wide range of dance companies from New York City and around the world and attracts audiences of all ages to what has been called the best backdrop for dance in the City – Robert F. Wagner, Jr. Park. We top it off with a final performance at Schimmel Center.

What's your favorite aspect of the festival?  

One of the standouts for me is the sense of community, the public and the dancers celebrating the city, celebrating the art form, celebrating the spirit of inclusion and accessibility.

How has the neighborhood impacted the event over the years?

Nature has been an important (uncontrollable) factor in the sense that Superstorm Sandy caused us to change from a lunch-time “art in the workplace” event when all of our traditional venues were flooded.  We were fortunate to be welcomed by Battery Park City Authority to Robert F. Wagner, Jr. Park – but then, because there is no shade, we shifted the timing of our Festival to the evening …. And the glorious sunsets and spectacular backdrop of the harbor and the Statue of Liberty turned out to be huge assets!

What are your favorite spots downtown?

I live in Tribeca and I love the access to the river, the beautiful landscaping along West Street and all of the swaths of parkland along the river.  I also love the small town within the big city feeling that I get downtown.

This year's featured artists include:

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Akerman/Jansen

Battery Dance

Danuka Ariyawansa + Behri Drums and Dance Ensemble (Sri Lanka)

Janis Brenner & Dancers

Martha Graham School

 

Monday, August 14, 2017

Cía. Elías Aguirre (Spain)

Compañía Nacional de Danza Contemporánea de República Dominicana (Dominican Republic)

Fadi J. Khoury's FJK Dance

Mari Meade Dance Collective (MMDC)

Nadine Bommer Dance Company

SLK Ballet

Trezon Dancy

 

Tuesday, August 15, 2017 - IAAC Erasing Borders Festival of Indian Dance

Aakansha Maheshwari

Dimple Saikia

Kalanidhi Dance

Kalamandir Dance

Sruthi Mohan

Viraja and Shyamjith Kiran

 

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Ballet Inc.

Buglisi Dance Theatre

Cía. Elías Aguirre (Spain)

Compañía Nacional de Danza Contemporánea de República Dominicana (Dominican Republic)

Maxine Steinman & Dancers

Tina Croll + Company

Wilder Project

 

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Battery Dance

Mophato Dance Theatre (Botswana)

 

Friday, August 18, 2017

Amy Marshall Dance Company

Ariel Rivka Dance

Bollylicious (Belgium)

Peridance Contemporary Dance Company

SYnC Dance Company

The Movement Playground

Trainor Dance

 

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Battery Dance

Bollylicious (Belgium)

Mophato Dance Theatre (Botswana)

 

LBC shout out: For those interested in joining the free closing event & reception on August 19th, you must get a ticket in advance via their site.

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